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Nov
16

Alone for the Holidays

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Alone for the holidays on Single Again! Now What? on Divorce Source RadioThis show begins with frustration.  Steve was trying to help Joanie log on to Google’s Hangout for our first video podcast.  Joanie couldn’t seen to work things out on her end bringing back the frustration Steve used to have with his no-tech ex.  After an hour, they trash the idea and go back to using Skype.  Have you ever argued with a partner over computer problems?  Then you’ll relate to this segment.

Alone for the holidays on Divorce Source RadioTis the season to prepare for the holidays, and for some, the holiday season can be a depressing time.  Joanie offers tips on for those that find themselves alone for the holidays.  Steve shares a sad story from a past show of a man who was so depressed that he was planning suicide.

The dynamic duo also touch on Joanie’s obsession for decorating for the holidays and plans for Thanksgiving.  The Single Again! posse is thankful that you are part of our community and we wish you the happiest holiday season.

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Nov
14

The Shared Custody Experience

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Shared cusstody on The Smart DivorceOn this episode of The Smart Divorce with Deborah Moskovitch, our guest is Denise Whitehead, a lawyer with a Ph.D. in Family Relations & Human Development.  She combines her legal and social science backgrounds and shares her important research on socio-legal practice and policy issues related to separation and divorce that affect all members of the family system – mothers, fathers and children.

Denise Whitehead

Dr. Whitehead discusses her dissertation research that involved in-depth interviews with young adults who spent time in shared custody as children and examined their perspectives on transitions, relationships and fairness.  The information is helpful on so many levels – but most importantly looks at what children really want, the outcomes and impact.

Topics in this program include:

  • How shared custody is influencing parent child relationships
  • Fairness in decision making
  • What children want in a custody arrangement
  • The importance of quality time with children
  • Who “owns the time”
  • ‘Managing-up:’ Young adult children who experienced shared custody reflect on their efforts to make family relations work
  • Custodial decision-making and fairness: Young adults who lived in shared custody give their ‘expert’ opinions
  • And so much more…….

This is a must listen show if you are thinking of, working through or implementing your parenting plan.  Dr. Whitehead provides practical and creative thinking about parenting and the relationship with your children.

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Nov
13

Election Wrap-Up, Legalizing Pot & Natural Childbirth

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Single Again! Now What? on Divorce Source RadioOn this episode of Single Again! Now What?, Joanie, Lesley & Steve download their thoughts on the recent elections.  (We’re all glad to have the commercials off the air.)

Lesley was tied up in traffic and does the entire show from her cell, leading to a discussion about traffic gridlock and transportation in major cities.

Our conversation somehow turns the corner to Childbirth Lane as we reminisce about having our first child and the different birthing methods available.  And we all know that Lesley is single, so why is someone telling her she’s going to be pregnant in the coming year??  And you can’t talk about childbirth these days without having the fear that you child may be the one in eighty children born with autism.  How could this be happening and what’s to blame for this?

How do you feel about legalizing pot? We end the show on a high note discussing the legalization of marijuana in two states this past election.  So grab some munchies and join us for the fun.  Also, for more information on our show and hosts, (including the tree picture Lesley mentions during the show), stop by our fan page at: www.Facebook.com/SingleAgainNowWhat.

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Nov
08

The Divorce Doula Makes Divorce Easier

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Making Divorce Easier on Divorce Source Radio from the Family Support Expo with Nathalie BoutetWe’ve heard of divorce coaches and divorce consultants, but never before a Divorce Doula!  In this episode of Divorce Source Radio with Steve Peck, from The Family Support Expo in TorontoLynn Kaplan, (a.k.a.., Divorce Doula), joins us and explains her unique method of helping individuals navigate divorce more successfully and make divorce easier.

Lynn Kaplan, the Divorce Doula on Divorce Source Radio

Lynn Kaplan, Divorce Doula

Lynn provides her clients with strategic planning and expert guidance to meet a full range of practical and emotional needs.  She educates and prepares them to work effectively and efficiently with other specialists, such as lawyers, accountants, or mediators to ensure a more economical use of your money, time, and emotional resources.

If you’re in the process of divorce, this program will show you that you don’t have to go it alone. Divorce can be overwhelming, and Lynn helps her clients plan strategies to adapt to the changes that divorcing individuals and their children are undergoing as the family structure changes.  She also assists clients by preparing them for mediations and meetings with their lawyer or divorce professionals so they can walk in with a succinct and organized agenda.  This not only saves clients money, but also provides peace of mind as well.

For more information on Lynn Kaplan, Visit: www.LynnKaplan.ca

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Nov
07

Can Divorce be Fair?

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Can divorce be fair on Divorce Source Radio from the Family Support Expo with Nathalie BoutetIn this episode of Divorce Source Radio from The Family Support Expo in Toronto, our guest is family law attorney, Nathalie Boutet, and we discuss Can Divorce be Fair?

Nathalie Boutet on Divorce Source Radio

Nathalie Boutet

Nathalie is a skilled Family Law lawyer with over 21 years of experience, and is committed to the practices of Mediation, Collaborative Law and out of court advocacy for separating couples and families. She is also a pioneer in the field of Neuro Family Law©, the integration of the science of the brain and the psychology of negotiation into law, to help professionals better understand and work with their clients and other professionals.

Our discussion is centered around the fairness of divorce and ways to improve communications skills to ensure more clarity between you and your partner if you’re in the process of divorce.  These same communication skills will help you in future relationships as well. For some, divorce will never seem fair, but there are ways to divorce more amicably if you are equipped with the proper knowledge.

Topics in the program include:

  • Is Canadian divorce more fair than American divorce?
  • Canada’s one-year waiting period prior to divorce
  • How society enables divorce
  • Common Law partnerships (Living together without being married)
  • Are prenuptials a good idea prior to marriage?
  • The importance of lawyers being able to connect with their clients
  • And much more.

For more information on Nathalie Boutet, visit: www.CollaborativeLawBlog.ca

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Nov
05

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Single Again! Now What? Laughter Meditation with Pragito DoveLesley’s back and she just celebrated her birthday!  (As a reminder to those new to our show, Lesley is in Atlanta, Joanie’s in Boston and Steve’s in Detroit.)

Joanie felt the fallout of the Super Storm Sandy in Massachusetts and shares her experience. After discussing the depressing storm, it’s time to get laughing.

Laughter Meditation with Pragito Dove

Pragito Dove

On today’s show we take a look at Laughter Meditation and welcome you along for the joy ride.  Our guest is Pragito Dove, author of Laughter, Tears, Silence. She is also a meditation master and trainer.

So what in the world is laughter meditation you ask?  It’s a two stage process designed to lower stress (we all feel better after a good laugh, don’t we?), boosts the immune system, and can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It is even good for digestion. It’s well-known that meditation techniques help reduce anxiety, and depression, allowing you to tap directly into your own source of natural well-being. Meditation also improves brain functioning, decision-making, and increases happiness.  So what have you got to lose?  Let’s get laughing!

Pragito teaches us about laughter meditation and takes us through a guided meditation exercise that you can do along with us.  As they say, laughter is the best medicine, and now you’ll learn why.  Even if you feel down in the dumps, you’ll learn tips to make you feel more balanced, energized and happier.

For more information on Pragito Dove and the meditation practices she offers, visit www.DiscoverMeditation.com.

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Oct
29

Anger Management – Dealing with Anger in Relationships

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Agner management on Divorce Source Radio from the Family Support ExpoIt’s normal to get angry from time-to-time, but what happens when you or a partner lose control and anger turns to rage?  In this episode of Divorce Source Radio with Steve Peck, Latchman Narain, director-founder of the Anger Management Centre, joins us and helps decode anger and stress issues that can tear relationships apart.

Latchman Narain on Anger Management on Divorce Source Radio

Latchman Narain

In this program, we explore whether anger issues can be a result of something that happened during our childhood.  Latchman offers insight on how to gain control over anger and offers hope for those seeking help.  By learning to communicate with “solution talk,” as opposed to “problem talk,” disagreements with a partner become more productive and less confrontational.

By learning to recognize the signs of anger issues, and with the tools to deal with them, we can learn to communicate in much healthier ways.

Other topics covered include:

  • What to do when your partner gets angry
  • What’s happening in an angry person’s brain?
  • Are angry people self-centered?
  • How thought patterns can contribute to anger
  • How therapy can help
  • And much more.

For more on Latchman Narain and The Anger Management Centre of Toronto, visit: www.AngerManagementCentre.ca

Recorded at The Family Support Expo, Toronto, Canada

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Oct
29

The Importance of Voting

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Voting on Divorce Source RadioAttorney Henry Gornbein returns to discuss the 2012 judicial elections and the importance of voting.

Thirty-nine states elect at least some of their judges, and the vast majority of cases in the United States are heard by elective courts. To safeguard the rights of parties appearing before these courts, its important to be aware of, and reduce reduce the influence of money on judicial elections.

If you’re contemplating divorce, chances are, you’ll find yourself before a judge.  Henry advises all of us to become more involved in learning about the candidates that may be ruling on your case.  He also addresses the Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for public interest groups designed to sway voters.

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Oct
26

The Voice of a Child – Protecting Children During Divorce

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Protecting Children During Divorce on Divorce Source Radio from the Family Support ExpoThis is the first in a series of programs recorded at The Family Support Expo, in Toronto, Canada, in October of 2012. Congratulations to Stephen Rosenfield for delivering a great show!

John Scuman of Devry Law in Toronto on Divorce Source Radio

John Schuman

In this program, attorney John Schuman of Devry Law joins Steve Peck to discuss the voice of a child during divorce.

Divorcing is tough enough, but add children to the mix, and divorce just got more complicated.  Some parents get so caught up in the drama of divorce that they forget to think about how their children might be processing this restructuring of their families.

Protecting our children’s innocence should be the priority when divorcing, and this program will help you gain insight into what your children might be experiencing, regardless of their ages. In this discussion, Mr. Schuman also provides valuable advice to parents, especially those in high-conflict situations.

Topics in the program include:

  • The effect divorce has on children
  • Kids don’t want to decide where to live
  • Children want to have a voice in the situation too
  • The harm of fighting with your ex at sporting and public events
  • Co-parenting around your children’s activities
  • The concerns children have when their parents separate
  • And much more.

Always remember, your children are watching you and how you handle your divorce.  They will face their own conflicts in life, and, in many cases, model the behavior they witnessed in you.  Be the best role model you can be during this very tough time.  Your kids deserve it and there is nothing more important than protecting children during divorce.
For more on John Schuman, visit: http://www.devrylaw.ca/ and read Nobody Asks Where I Want to Live at: http://www.devrylaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ConsenttoTreatmentandParenting.pdf.

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Oct
22

Dealing with the Death of a Loved One

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Single Again! Now What? Dealing with the Death of a Loved OneThis episode of Single Again! Now What? was recorded the week Steve’s mother passed away, and Joanie and Steve discuss dealing with the death of a loved one.  As we age, many of us are facing the loss of our parents, some have already lost them.

Steve with his Mother

It’s strange how the tables can turn where the ones that used to care and provide for us, now need us to care for them.  And once a loved one passes away, the business of making funeral arrangements can be overwhelming.  And then there’s the grief.  Steve shares his story and thanks listeners for writing kind words during this tough time.

Also in the program, Joanie talks about the retreat she had for women who are in the midst of or post cancer.  Joanie runs a wonderful non-profit that provides these special women with a day of well deserved pampering.

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